And The Interior Decorator Said, Let There Be Light

This article discusses the importance of natural light in the homestead both aesthetically and in terms of vitality. Read on to discover some hints and tips of how to fill your home with life and sunshine.

The amount of natural light in a household is one of the most sought after features for prospective home buyers. This is for good reason, as there are several benefits which come from allowing natural light to flood through your home or workspace. Sunshine creates a fantastic ambiance, bringing an aesthetic glow to interior designs and furniture. A home which allows the sunshine to radiate also uses less energy for electric lighting which will save you money and help to protect the environment. Did you know that the amount of natural light also has a dramatic effect on a person's mood? Sunlight boosts Vitamin D and Serotonin, keeping stress levels down and helping you live a healthy and happy life. Here are some tips to increase the amount of sunshine in your life.WindowsWindows are the portal for natural light and choosing the right windows can make all the difference in your home. It is essential to make sure that windows are not blocked by trees, climbing plants or any overhead structures. Tall windows, bay windows and vertical sliding windows allow light to flood into a building, even enlarging a small window by a few square inches can make a huge difference to the light levels in a room.Georgian Style Windows

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A vertical sliding windowa or a traditional Georgian window is a fantastic sunshine portal. They require limited panes and, for large windows, are relatively easy to open, allowing in a lot of fresh air. This style of window dates back to the eighteenth century and have been in popular use ever since. This is unsurprising as Georgian architecture is characterized by proportion, balance and simple mathematical ratios which are used to determine the optimum size and width for a window depending on the size and shape of the room. In other words they were designed with light in mind. Although Georgian design may have stayed in fashion, this does not mean you have to put up with Georgian technology. There are several companies offering great modern vertical sliding window products which are inexpensive and easy to fit.Getting The Interior Colours RightThe colours in a room can have a massive effect on the light levels and the general daytime ambience. White, cream, pale yellow and light pastel colours can help to reflect light around a room and allow natural shadows to form across furniture and interior decorations. This does not mean that all colours in a room have to be light, but it is important to be strategic with colour, especially in a room with limited windows. For example, a light wall or pale coloured sofa positioned opposite Georgian or vertical sliding windows will go a long way towards radiating warm, healthy sunlight around a room.AUTHOR BIO : Joana Lobo has been an interior design consultant and homes expert for over 30 years. She regularly writes for online blogs, books and magazines. She uses websites such as www.eurocell.co.uk for the latest modern window designs and products.

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